Simon Cowell Teams With British Billionaire Green, Mulls Huge New ‘Idol’ Contract

Jun 24, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Simon Cowell and British retail billionaire Sir Philip Green — owner of such British retailers as Bhs and TopShop — are teaming up on a global entertainment company that will act as a holding company for Cowell’s ventures, including “Britain’s Got Talent” and “America’s Got Talent,” the Financial Times reports.

The unnamed new venture will create and own TV programs in both the U.S. and the U.K. Cowell, best known here as a judge on Fox’s “American Idol,” also produces “The X-Factor.”

Cowell has been in talks about renewing his “Idol” contract, and if a deal is struck, it would likely be through the new company. The contract offered, the paper says, would make him TV’s top-earning star, most likely even surpassing Oprah Winfrey.

–Elizabeth Jensen


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